SpaceX brings four astronauts back to Earth after a 200-day journey to the International Space Station

From left to right, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesket, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimpro, and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoschide shortly after landing in the Gulf of Mexico

Four astronauts returned to Earth on Monday SpaceX, Ends a 200 day mission to the International Space Station Started last spring.

Your capsule The night sky tore like a dazzling meteor Before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Rescue boats were quickly mobilized with searchlights.

The capsule flew through the night sky like a dazzling meteorite before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico (AP via Aubrey Gemignani / NASA).
The capsule flew through the night sky like a dazzling meteorite before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico (AP via Aubrey Gemignani / NASA).
The spacecraft landed by parachute.  (NASA via AP)
The spacecraft landed by parachute. (NASA via AP)

“Welcome to Earth, on behalf of SpaceX”, SpaceX Mission Control Radio made from Southern California. Within an hour, four astronauts exited the capsule and exchanged fists with crew aboard the rescue ship.

(NASA via AP)
(NASA via AP)
The astronauts returned eight hours after leaving the space station (AP via NASA)
The astronauts returned eight hours after leaving the space station (AP via NASA)

He returned home – eight hours after leaving the space station – to make his way SpaceX introduces four alternative astronauts, which could happen Wednesday night.

Substitutes start first, but NASA has changed this order due to bad weather and the astronaut’s health problem, Whose nature is not revealed. Now the task of welcoming them will fall on the American and two Russians who are still in the space station.

Caplasla in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico (via Aubrey Gemignani / NASA AP)
Caplasla in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico (via Aubrey Gemignani / NASA AP)

Before removing the plane on Monday afternoon, the German astronaut Matthias Maurer, Which is waiting to take off at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tweeted that it was a shame the two crews could not have met at the space station, but “We hope they leave everything well and clean.” He is the fourth SpaceX crew to fly to NASA in a year and a half.

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NASA astronauts Shane Kimpro And Megan McArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hoshit And French Thomas Baskett They should have returned Monday morning, but strong winds in the rescue zone delayed their return to Earth.

The bitter feeling of leaving the space station. A magical place in the sky that offers superpowers like floating and seeing Europe-Africa at a glance. For the benefit of all, thank you to the people who built it. It gives me the confidence that human beings can achieve anything, with good intentions, when we want to.Pesket tweeted with pictures of the space station glowing against space and the darkness of the earth.

From the space station, NASA astronaut Hi Mark VandeIn the middle of a year-long journey, he said goodbye to each of his departing friends and told MacArthur: “I miss hearing your laughter in the adjoining blocks.”

Before returning, heThe four astronauts took photos around the space station. This is the first time for SpaceX. NASA spacecraft did it all the time before they retired a decade ago. A Russian capsule was last made three years ago.

ISS (AP via NASA) found during removal operations
ISS (AP via NASA) found during removal operations

It was not a very comfortable return trip. The astronauts had to believe it because the toilet in their capsule was broken Diapers for an eight-hour trip home. Late last week they shrugged off another challenge in their mission.

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The first problem arose shortly after departure in April; Mission Control threatened that a piece of space debris would collide with his capsule. It turned out to be a false alarm. Then in July, impulses from the newly arrived Russian laboratory inadvertently ignited and rotated the station. Four astronauts took refuge in their chopped SpaceX capsule, Ready to leave in a hurry if needed.

In the milestones of the mission: Four space walks to enhance the station’s solar power, A Shooting visit of a Russian film crew And this The first spatial harvest of chili peppers.

Disconnection of the ISS Capsule (AP via NASA)
Disconnection of the ISS Capsule (AP via NASA)

The next film crew will also spend six months there, Welcomes a series of tour groups. A Japanese president and his personal aide will receive tickets from the Russian space agency in December Three entrepreneurs are coming through SpaceX in February. SpaceX’s first private charter flew over the space station in September.

Kathy Looters, Engineers will evaluate, said NASA’s head of space operations Backward inflation of one of the four major parachutes. However, in general, “The return seemed flawless.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see all four crews back on Earth.”He added, “I can’t wait to release another group of four this week.”

(With AP info)

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